Monday, August 06, 2007

Odds & Ends

No game last night to speak of, so here are some random tidbits from around the PA baseball universe...

Phillies notes:
Joe Savery pitched three shutout innings in his pro debut on Sunday night with the Crosscutters, allowing a hit, walking none and striking out two. Phuturephillies.com posed the question, "Where should Savery start next year?" I say Clearwater with a short-leash pull to Reading if his shoulder is healthy.

Mike Costanzo has 22 homers for Reading, which is leading the Eastern League. Unfortunately, he's only hitting .255 and striking out at a Howard-like pace. He has 132 in 111 games, to 61 walks. It is concerning that his average drops every time he jumps a level. It is very concerning that he has 30 errors so far this season. But if he could hit .260-.270 with above average power and improve his D, he could be a nice, cheap option for 3B in '09. Is he Wes Helms with power? At league minimum, I'd take it.

Charlie Manuel still sucks. I will give him credit for making his players show up and play hard for him, he obviously is the greatest motivational speaker since Matt Foley. Well la-dee frickin' dah. He's been a garbage manager since day 1, successfully mismanaging winnable games into losses, and I will not rest until he is fired. I won't give up. Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! And I won't give up now. Who's with me? Let's go!

Pirates notes:
Speaking of stone-handed third sackers, the Pirates' have Neil Walker and he is doing pretty well in Altoona. Walker, at age 21, is hitting .287-12-57 at AA Altoona. He has 24 errors, which is a lot, but considering this is his first season at third after being converted from catcher, it is expected at this point. I never saw Walker catch, but at 20 years old, was he that bad that he needed to be moved to third? And if so, couldn't they see the same thing three years ago when he was drafted? He would be soooooo much more valuable behind the plate than at third, it is unfortunate that he was that bad or that they gave up on him already. And that make two catchers with potential power (Walker, Doumit) moved out from behind home plate for "bad defense" while Pirates starting catcher Ronnie Paulino may be the laziest and worst defensive catcher I've watched this year, his .242 average notwithstanding.

Matt Morris makes $9 million next year. Unless they are planning to play "Flip This Pitcher" in the offseason, this is disgusting. Some retards see this as an example that the Pirates are going to start spending some money. I see it as another in a long line of ridiculous moves by Dave Littlefield, the Charlie Manuel of general managers.

Phucco Matt Kata, who finally hit over .200 (.214 with the Buccos) after hitting less than that with his three previous teams, is finally back in the minors. His next stop better be the Independent League...

Lefthander Shane Youman and his sub-5 ERA was pulled from the rotation when Morris arrived, but Tony Armas and his 6.31 ERA has kept his spot. Yeah, that makes sense in Pirates-World.

Corey

19 comments:

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GM-Carson said...

Broad Street Bastards...I love that name! A link will be up sometime today.

Jacobin said...

Hmm... it occurs to me that the Baller thing could cross my desk. That would be really, really odd.

GM-Carson said...

Jacobin- put Baller behind bars!!!

Jacobin said...

I guess it wouldn't be proper to bring a baseball into court and ask him to sign it before sentencing!

BenJah said...

yeah, fuqua really is an amazing motivator and helps keep his players loose but focused. SO MAKE HIM THE FUCKING BENCH COACH, AND GET A LEGIT MANAGER IN HERE WHO KNOWS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DOUBLE SWITCH AND A DOUBLE WHOPPER!

GM-Carson said...

I live in a van down by the river!

Toga, Toga, Toga!!!

Jacobin said...

From looking at Charlie on television, I'm pretty sure he knows what a double whopper is.

Jacobin said...

Breaking news from the Philly newspapers gives us an injury update:

* Catcher Rod Barajas (strained right groin) will begin a tossing and hitting program today and could be ready for a rehabilitation assignment in a week, if necessary.

* Outfield Michael Bourn (sprained left ankle) was seen by team doctor Michael Ciccotti Monday and could be ready for a rehab assignment in two to three weeks.

* Righthander Freddy Garcia (right shoulder strain) will throw a bullpen session today in Clearwater. If it goes well, he could throw live batting practice Aug. 10.

* Second baseman Chase Utley (broken hand) had his stitches removed. He will be allowed to continue taking ground balls and doing limited range-of-motion exercises.

* Righthander Jon Lieber (ruptured tendon in left foot) has been cleared to begin a rehabilitation program.

* Righthander Ryan Madson (right shoulder) is scheduled to re-evaluated today and will not throw for 1 to 2 weeks.

* Righthander Scott Mathieson (Tommy John surgery last September) will throw live batting practice Thursday and could begin a rehab assignment Sunday (team to be determined).

* Rightfielder Shane Victorino (strained right calf) began a running program Monday and is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment this weekend (team to be determined).

Los said...

I'm sure you've heard - WIP as well as WPEN have been making a big deal about Gillick's "3 and 3" comment. Who cares.

Jacobin said...

I was surprised to hear Gillick was in Philadelphia. I was under the impression he ran the club via speakerphone from his house in Seattle or maybe a cabin outside Toronto.

Jacobin said...

Eight runs in the fourth... think the offense is going to put up another 10 spot tonight?

Bob D said...

Don't worry too much about the errors in AA. They do need to improve, but most games are played on fields that are not in tip top shape.

Jacobin, I want an autograph also. I'll put it next to my Rose and Bonds memoriabilia.

Some good news: Victorino and Utley maybe back in a week or slightly longer.

Bad news: Bourn, Madson, Mathieson, and Garcia will not be back before Sept 1 roster expansions.

Good news: Barajas won't be back for a few weeks, and Gillick says no to re-uping Manuel right now.

Jacobin said...

Ryan Howard with two home runs in the game! Wow, this puts him one behind Prince Fielder for the NL lead... and with that reference to Prince Fielder, it recalls to mind seeing him play against the Phillies over the weekend. Does anyone else think Prince Fielder is going to eat his way out of baseball? I mean, you look at how Florida's Cabrera has put on weight, but it's nothing like the huge ass and gut that Fielder is sporting. He's going to wind up like his father, a designated hitter that needs a box of Krispie Kreams at first base to get him to run out a hit.

Corey said...

"3 and 3"

umm, what?

Jacobin said...

Gillick said that if the team were to go 3-3 on the homestand it would be successful (or something to that effect).

Corey said...

yeah, that is some bullshit. of course, with manuel-math, 3-3 is like a .750 winning percentage...

das411 said...

Wow, an 8 player injury report, how awesome is that?

(and C & C, there was another former Pirate in the news an awful lot tonight, had a lot to do with 756 of something...)

GM-Carson said...

Lot of obscure numbers thrown out yesterday..."3-3" and this weird "756". Someone explained "3-3" to us, but I don't get "756", just seems like the number that falls between 755 and 757 to me...wait did Boeing make a new airplane?